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OSAKA

Osaka

In addition to being the economic center of the Kansai region, Osaka is home to arguably one of Japan's most vibrant, delicious food cultures. No wonder it's often called the kuidaore no machi-- the city where you'll eat yoursef out of house and home!

OSAKA: A CITY FOR FOODIES

Kuromon Market: Osaka’s Foodie Paradise

Kuromon Market: Osaka’s Foodie Paradise

Osaka is home to one of Japan’s most vibrant food cultures. There’s even a saying that goes while people from Kyoto will squander their fortune on clothes, people from Osaka will blow it on food and drink (kyo no kidaore, osaka no kuidaore). One of the best ways to get in on the...

Tasting Tour of Osaka

Tasting Tour of Osaka

Osaka is often referred to as the kuidaore no machi, meaning "the city where you’ll bring...

Enjoy “only what’s really good” at Chocolate Laboratory in Osaka

Enjoy “only what’s really good” at Chocolate Laboratory in Osaka

Chihiro is a sweets reporter. As such, he has covered a lot of ground chiefly in the Kansai and...

Gudetama Cafe in Osaka

Gudetama Cafe in Osaka

Gudetama is a lazy egg. He thinks everything is mendokusai (a pain) and never has any motivation....

 

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

Great Deals and Character Goods: Explore Some of Osaka's Variety Stores

Great Deals and Character Goods: Explore Some of Osaka's Variety Stores

In addition to famous temples, shrines, and other cultural sights, the variety stores of Japan are also great places to visit. In this article, we'll show you some of the great options located in the southern part of the city of Osaka. First, we'll introduce Flying Tiger Copenhagen which...

How to Have Fun in Osaka Tenjinbashi-suji Shotengai

How to Have Fun in Osaka Tenjinbashi-suji Shotengai

Osaka’s Tenjinbashi-suji is Japan’s longest shotengai or outdoor shopping arcade at approximately 2.6km (1.6mi). Not only is this shopping arcade long, it’s packed with some six hundred different establishments including stores, restaurants, and even a popular spot for renting kimono. Follow DiGJAPAN! on a little stroll down Tenji...

 

SPRING IN OSAKA

Sakura Forecast for 2017

Sakura Forecast for 2017

Once we enter March, it won't be long before Japan's long-waited somei yoshino sakura begin to bloom! As you plan your spring trip in Japan, take a look the sakura forecast for 2017 as well as these famous spots for enjoying sakura in all their splendor.    2017 Sakura...

Great Spots for Plum Blossoms in Kansai

Great Spots for Plum Blossoms in Kansai

You know that winter is ending at last when you start seeing ume or plum blossoms. Some of the earliest blooming flowers in Japan, you may even see hardy ume blooming while there is still snow on the ground! They come in a variety of cultivars, the colors of which include creamy whites and pinks...

 

OSAKA: CITY SIGHTSEEING

10 of Osaka's Most Picture-Worthy Signs

10 of Osaka's Most Picture-Worthy Signs

Every city has its obligatory photo spots. You’ve got the Scramble Crossing in Shibuya, Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto, and the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima just to name a few. When in Osaka, pictures of the crazy signs and billboards are an absolute must. What could possibly make...

Shop All the Popular Stores at Osaka's Shinsaibashi-suji Shotengai

Shop All the Popular Stores at Osaka's Shinsaibashi-suji Shotengai

Shinsaibashi-suji Shotengai is one of Osaka's representative outdoor shopping arcades....

Welcome to Osaka: a First Timer's One-Day Guide

Welcome to Osaka: a First Timer's One-Day Guide

Get a taste of some of Osaka's most popular sights (and foods!) following this one-day plan....

Where Osakans go for okonomiyaki

Where Osakans go for okonomiyaki

No trip to Osaka is complete without feasting on okonomiyaki. Often described as a "savory...

 

FEAST ON OSAKAN SPECIALTIES

Takoya Dotonbori Kukuru Main Branch
Takoya Dotonbori Kukuru Main Branch
Ganso Kushikatsu Daruma Shinsekai Sohonten
Ganso Kushikatsu Daruma Shinsekai Sohonten
Joyato
Joyato
Tsuribune Chaya Zauo Namba Honten
Tsuribune Chaya Zauo Namba Honten
Negiyaki Okonomiyaki Fukutaro Honten
Negiyaki Okonomiyaki Fukutaro Honten
Kani Doraku Dotonbori Honten
Kani Doraku Dotonbori Honten
Instant Ramen Specialty Shop Yakantei Sakura Main Branch
Instant Ramen Specialty Shop Yakantei Sakura Main Branch
Kougaryu Takoyaki
Kougaryu Takoyaki
Hug Frenchtoast Cafe Umeda
Hug Frenchtoast Cafe Umeda

POPULAR DESTINATIONS

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
Osaka Castle
Osaka Castle
Tsutenkaku
Tsutenkaku
Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory
Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory
Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building Observatory
Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building Observatory
Abeno Harukas
Abeno Harukas
Kuromon Ichiba (Farmers) Market
Kuromon Ichiba (Farmers) Market
Kaiyukan
Kaiyukan
TEMPOZAN Giant Ferris Wheel
TEMPOZAN Giant Ferris Wheel
Nakanoshima Park/Nakanoshima Ryokudo
Nakanoshima Park/Nakanoshima Ryokudo
 

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